HC summons two secretaries for personal appearance
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 12:33
Cuttack: Not satisfied with explanations furnished by two secretaries of Orrisa government over non- compliance of High Court orders, a Division bench comprising Chief Justice V Gopal Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra has directed for personal appearance of the two IAS officers.

Secretaries of Rural Development and Women and Child Development departments had filed affidavits in the Court in response to a show cause notice pertaining to making available drinking water facilities in anganwadi centers of the State.

The Bench, however, on Monday observed that the explanations furnished by the officers are not satisfactory.

"We feel this is a case for taking cognizance of alleged disobedience of the orders passed by this court," the bench said.

The High Court directed the officers to remain present in the court on December 14 to explain personally as to why contempt proceedings shall not be initiated against them as prayed by the counsel of the PIL.

The PIL had stated that besides irregularities in supply of mid-day-meal (MDM), the schools, particularly, the anganwadi centers lack proper drinking water facilities.

The High Court had directed the government to provide the facilities by June 2011, but the government had failed to meet that deadline. Following inaction of the officials concerned, the High Court had issued show cause notices to the two secretaries to explain why action deemed proper shall not be taken against them.


First Published: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 12:33

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